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School district budget passes, new board members elected

Mehlbaum, Orbach, Parmalee to be next school board members

Cazenovia Central School District residents approved three ballot propositions, including the annual budget, by a 5-to-1 margin each and elected three new school board members during the annual budget vote on May 19.

Town of Cazenovia to resume sale of hunting and fishing licenses

Local hunters and anglers can now purchase their hunting and fishing licenses from the Cazenovia town clerk rather than traveling to other town offices or regional sporting goods stores. The town board last week unanimously approved (on a vote of 3-0 with two members absent) the resumption of the license sales by the town after a 16-month hiatus.

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Town prepares to demolish New Woodstock highway garage

Will erect new state police barracks satellite office

The old town highway garage in New Woodstock — currently serving as a New York State Police satellite office — is about to be demolished, with a new building and garage, as well as extra public parking, to be constructed in its place. The project, announced by the town board in February, is expected to be completed by the end of summer.

Voter registration deadline is June 5

Madison County Board of Elections Commissioners Laura P. Costello and Kelley S. Hood remind citizens interested in voting in the June 16 Cazenovia and Hamilton village elections that the deadline for voter registration is June 5.

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School board candidates square off at LWV forum

More than 50 Cazenovia Central School District residents came out to the high school Wednesday night to meet and hear the issue positions of the four candidates seeking seats on the school board in the upcoming May 19 election. The four candidates — Jennifer Bradstreet, David Mehlbaum, Louis Orbach and Jennifer Parmalee — all participated in the forum, which was sponsored by the Cazenovia League of Women Voters and moderated by Anne Redfern.

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Cazenovia Board of Education election candidates profiles

The May 19 Cazenovia Board of Education election will feature four candidates running for three open seats. The candidates are David Mehlbaum, Louis Orbach, Jennifer Parmalee and Jennifer Bradstreet. The three highest vote-getters will be elected to the board. Each will serve a three-year term, beginning July 1. The Cazenovia Republican sent each candidate a questionnaire in order to publish a profile to inform potential voters of who they are and what they stand for, although not all candidates followed the template we provided.

In brief: Cazenovia village board meeting

The Cazenovia Village Board of Trustees had a light and quick meeting last Monday, May 4, with no major items on the agenda. The board made a number of approvals and announcements.

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Mann nominated to run for fourth term on village board

Cazenovia Democrats have nominated incumbent Village Trustee Amy Weber Mann to run for re-election in the village elections taking place on June 16.

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Judge O’Sullivan announces candidacy for Madison County Court

Cazenovia attorney and local judge Patrick O’Sullivan announced his November 2015 candidacy for Madison County Justice on Friday, May 1, at the Pewter Spoon Café.

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Ukraine conflict in the spotlight as Cazenovia Forum hosts top foreign affairs expert

The conflict in Ukraine will be the focus of the next Cazenovia Forum lecture and discussion, as one of America's leading experts on the region presents an in-depth look at the Ukrainian government's struggle with pro-Russian separatists and their backers in Moscow. The presentation by Adrian Karatnycky, senior fellow at the Atlantic Council of the U.S., will take place at 7 p.m. Friday, May 1, in the Morgan Room of Hubbard Hall at Cazenovia College.

Village board approves tentative 2015 budget, taxes to increase slightly

Also announces 6 percent increase in village water rates

The Cazenovia Village Board unanimously adopted its tentative 2015 budget last week and, although tax rates for the coming year will decrease, village assessments this year have increased after last year’s property revaluation, which means the average homeowner will see a slight rise in their taxes.

Cazenovia school district receives slight increase in state GEA funding restoration

Dire district program cuts now less likely than feared, superintendent says

The New York state legislature’s passage of its 2015-16 state budget on April 1 means that school districts throughout the state can now complete their 2015-16 district budgets, knowing approximately how much state education aid they will receive – which they previously did not know. For the Cazenovia Central School District, this equates to a $357,000 increase in GEA funding – about $130,000 more than the district received in 2014-15 – which will allow the board of education to complete a budget most likely without dire cuts to district programs and personnel, as had been feared.

Three school board seats up for election, at least two incumbents not running

Two of the three Cazenovia Board of Education members whose seats are up for election on May 19 confirmed Monday night that they will not seek reelection. Current board President Pat Vogl, a 12-year member, and Karin Marris, a 12-year member, both said they have decided not to run again simply because they have been on the board long enough and are eager to give someone else a chance to serve.

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Cuomo, Valesky, Magee respond to Cazenovia first graders’ letters about state school aid

Students in Catharine Taylor’s first grade class at Burton Street Elementary School received some surprise mail recently — from New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo, State Senator David Valesky and State Assemblyman Bill Magee. The three officials all wrote responses to letters sent by Taylor’s 25 students, mailed in early February, in which the students asked Cuomo, Valesky and Magee to restore Cazenovia’s state school aid funding to this year’s state budget.

Fenner town board approves new solar permit resolution, energy conservation program

The Fenner Town Board last week approved resolutions to encourage use of solar energy in the town and to make municipal lighting more energy efficient.

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